It’s a Heart Issue, Part 14, Matthew 5:31-32


Matthew 5:31-32 (NKJV): 31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

We live in a time where people marry for a matter of convenience or even contractual marriages. There are many who marry with the idea that is it doesn’t work out, they can just file for a divorce and be done with. In fact, divorce has become so easy that you can even file online and be divorced quickly.

When we see what God talks about with marriage, He really did not want for us to enter into marriage lightly. His design for marriage was that we honor each other and build each other up. Basically, that our marriages would reflect our Relationship with Him. Remember what we talked about previously with adultery?

What has been interesting is that in many places throughout the world, divorce was not that easy to obtain. When someone went to file for divorce, the judge would ask if they had been to at least 6 months of marital counseling, went through a time of separation, that had to be filed in court, and have evidence that there was some work put into trying to restore the marriage. In other words, you had to work at your marriage and show that it wasn’t working.

The exception God gave to divorce was sexual immorality. Not that it was ok for this, but it was an exception. Kind of like if we choose to follow other gods, He won’t force us to follow Him, but will allow us to follow them. We ultimately have to make the choice, just like we have to make the choice of being married.

(Author’s note: If someone is in an abusive relationship, seek help. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way. There is help out there starting in your church.)

Just as we do not enter into our marriage relationships lightly, nor should Our Relationship with Jesus. We need to put work into these relationships when we choose to be part of them. We need to take time to know our spouse, as well as Our Lord. The best way to make our marriages work is to seek Jesus first and allow Him to lead us.

We will continue  be looking at the Sermon on The Mount. Although,  we need Jesus to bring us back into A Relationship with God The Father, The Sermon on The Mount deals with Heart Issues which is what we should look at when learning to have that Relationship with God.
If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.

It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it.

We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already. If you need help, have questions or need direction in this regard, please, feel free to let me know.

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Any scripture referenced here is taken from New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted

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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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